Central African Republic mission ends

National Armed Forces (NBS) soldiers landed back home in Latvia early Thursday morning, marking the end of their mission supporting European Union peacekeepers in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) capital of Bangui, where they were keeping check on internecine violence between Christian and Muslim communities since June.

Defense Minister Raimonds Vējonis, speaking on LTV’s morning news program Rita Panorāma, repeated affirmations that Latvia’s pullout is complete.

“We will not continue in this mission. This period of time from June to December has been sufficient,” he said.

Vējonis went on to say that some of the 40 troops are still on their way home from the CAR, accompanying the significant shipments of materiel and equipment that were deployed in support of the mission.

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